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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

High Prevalence of Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors among Adolescents in Pohnpei, Micronesia
Reports on a study of secondary school students in Pohnpei state, Federated States of Micronesia, regarding substance use and weight. Compares factors by gender, age group, school type, and grade level. Focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and betel nut use.
Author(s): Delpihn Abraham, Haley L. Cash, A. Mark Durand, et al.
Citation: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 77(11), 283-288
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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Diabetes & Obesity in Oklahoma, 2016
Provides a map showing obesity and diabetes rates by county for Oklahoma.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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Network Spotlight: Bootheel Health Alliance, Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Inc.
Features interviews with the CEO and Community Outreach Specialist at Bootheel Health Alliance regarding how their network is collaborating with a wide range of organizations to address disparities in obesity and diabetes in their region of Missouri. Includes information on the network characteristics, challenges, best practices, and advice for others developing networks.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The State of Obesity 2018: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Report on obesity related trends and topics. Includes data and statistics for both adults and children and provides examples of successful programs and policies across the country. Addresses obesity and chronic disease trends in both urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Molly Warren, Stacy Beck, Jack Rayburn, Sara K. Lipson, Megan Wolfe
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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New Mexico Implements and Expands Physical Activity Programs in Rural Communities
Describes the efforts of the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (UNM-PRC) to implement and expand evidence-based physical activity programs in the rural community of Cuba, New Mexico. Discusses program considerations relevant to working with rural communities and methods to connect with community partners and stakeholders to address their concerns and gain their support for making community changes to improve health and promote healthy habits.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Using Community-based Participatory Research to Develop Healthy Retail Strategies in Native American-owned Convenience Stores: The THRIVE Study
Highlights a study on the Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) retail intervention that implements healthy food options in convenience stores in Native American communities. Details a the results of a participant survey about the perceived food environment in their communities and describes the implementation strategies, as well as the foods offered by the intervention.
Author(s): Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Mary Williams, Marianna Wetherill, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine Reports, 11, 148-153
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Geographic Differences in Obesity Prevalence and Its Risk Factors Among Asian Americans: Findings from the 2013–2014 California Health Interview Survey
Analyzes the geographic disparities in obesity prevalence and the differences in its risk factors among Asian Americans, including Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese, who live in rural and urban California.
Author(s): Shaoqing Gong, Kesheng Wang, Ying Li, Arsham Alamian
Citation: Science Reports, 8, 12510
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Assessing Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit of the Trinity Hospital Twin City Fit for Life Program for Weight Loss and Diabetes Prevention in a Rural Midwestern Town
Reports on Fit For Life (FFL), a health education program that works to address the causes of obesity in rural settings and helps program participants lose weight. Highlights discussion on assessing effectiveness, replication, and cost-effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in a rural Appalachian Ohio county. Covers lessons learned and practice implications.
Author(s): Timothy McKnight, Jennifer R. Demuth, Natalie Wilson, Jonathon P. Leider, Alana Knudson
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Ecological Approaches to Promoting Active Living and Preventing Childhood Obesity
Features the opening keynote presentation by Dr. Jim Sallis at the 2018 Heartland Childhood Obesity Summit - Factors of Health: Addressing the Systems Influencing Childhood Obesity. Covers discussion on ecological models, and evidence of environmental roles influencing active living and obesity in youth. Describes environmental disparities and mentions tool to assess rural communities physical environment features and amenities, town characteristics, and other factors influencing rural residents physical activity.
Author(s): James Sallis
Date: 06/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Children's Mercy Hospital, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Rural Wisconsin Chronic Disease Toolkit 2018
Toolkit compiles rural best practices that have shown success for improving chronic disease outcomes and population health by providing resources to address communication, Body Mass Index (BMI), diabetes care, blood pressure control, and chronic disease management.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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